Things to see & do

Explore Murlough’s diverse landscape

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Murlough BioBlitz 3-4 July 2015

Murlough beach looking towards Ballykinler © Zoe Dale

Murlough beach looking towards Ballykinler

 Murlough is set to hold its very first BioBlitz on 3-4 July 2015. A group of scientists, students, naturalists and volunteers will work together to identify and record as many species as possible. This mixture of wildlife experts and volunteers is key to carrying out our largest ever survey of coastal wildlife.

Walks and talks will be held throughout the 24 hour period where you can see the experts in action. Take a look at our events leaflet below. Join us and keep up to date with our event here

Lend a helping hand


Volunteers are invaluable to us, why not help out on the day and gain experience!

Whether you are an experienced naturalist or enthusiastic beginner, BioBlitz events simply can’t go ahead without the help of volunteers. We are always on the lookout for people to help so get in touch with us to see if you can lend a hand.

For further information contact:

028 4375 1467 or email:

Walking with nature

Why not take a leisurely walk around and take in some of our fantastic varied habitats which have something to offer everyone all year round.

Our spotter guides

Winter wild fowl spotter

Brent Geese eating by the shore © National Trust

Check out our winter wild fowl spotter and take along on your next visit. How many birds did you see!


Murlough reserve birds

Skylark © Gareth Thomas FRPS

A guide to help you identify some of the common birds on the reserve.

Plant spotter guide

Heather and Gorse at Holnicote © Nigel Hester

Take our plant spotter along when you visit, we have plants for all seasons.

50 things to do

An outdoor adventure is always around the next tree or sand dune at Murlough. Our list of 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ will set you on your own adventure here. Hunt for treasure on the beach, find your way with a map and compass, or go bird watching.

Tracker packs

A family enjoying Murlough’s tracker pack

For families with young children looking for fun things to do, Murlough National Nature Reserve is a must. As well as playing with buckets and spades, building sandcastles and burying dad in the sand, kids can now take advantage of our new activity tracker packs.

Kids activity leaflet

Our activity sheets are aimed at enhancing young minds while they enjoy the different aspects of the Nature Reserve. Why not collect one from one of our visitor reception points or download a copy before you set off.